Black Opium (2014)Eau de Parfum

Black Opium (Eau de Parfum) by Yves Saint Laurent
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Black Opium (Eau de Parfum) is a perfume by Yves Saint Laurent for women and was released in 2014. The scent is sweet-gourmand. It is being marketed by L'Oréal.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPink pepper, Orange blossom
Heart Notes Heart NotesCoffee, Jasmine
Base Notes Base NotesVanilla, Patchouli, Cedar

Ratings

Scent

6.9 (554 Ratings)

Longevity

7.4 (432 Ratings)

Sillage

7.1 (443 Ratings)

Bottle

7.8 (459 Ratings)
Submitted by Michael, last update on 31.07.2020.

Interesting Facts

The face of the campaign is the British model Edie Campbell.
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7.5
Scent
4
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
Leomoon
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Leomoon
   3  
Zeitgeist meets group pressure
A few years ago, that smell was everywhere. A good friend of mine had it and because I liked it very much on her, I took a look at the scent too. So much for individuality, but if things that are mainstream were very bad, they probably wouldn't be mainstream either. Well...

And actually the perfume smells pretty good. It starts out like something you buy at Starbucks: Very sweet latte, with caramel syrup and cream. But the sugary one disappears quickly and the scent becomes softer. What remains is a pleasing mix of coffee with lots of milk and vanilla. Well, I'm not really thinking about black. I'm thinking more of the color of the liquid. It's an old cliché, but maybe something like Opium Girl wouldn't have been a bad name for it. Yeah, I guess so. After all, it's a new edition of a classic, which doesn't really have anything in common with the aforementioned classic, but is supposed to appeal to young people...yes, it's certainly successful, it's quite wearable. The only question is why I am not really enthusiastic about this water.

On the one hand I like the scent because it reminds me of several people who are important to me. On the other hand, I can see that it's probably a very good example of the new zeitgeist: designer brand, nice presentation, actually very nice anyway, but quality and individuality? Well, that's both secondary. That's why I have to say that although I'm very happy to have been given it as a gift, I don't think that Black Opium is worth the money now that I've been able to test the durability and fragrance progression.

I can certainly understand why the fragrance was so popular for such a long time, perhaps especially when you don't really deal with the subject matter and don't know what else is around. That's why I'll cherish my bottle and remember the time when I didn't really know anything about perfume.

Or maybe I'll look at more than one Dupes. At the moment I own the one from La Rive, which is portable, but not really close to the original. A bigger similarity seemed to be the one from Kik (Black Emotion). Don't ask, somehow I find it ironic...and a bit sad...
8
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
7
Bottle
Ulli2
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Ulli2
Helpful Review    6  
An old flame never dies
Actually, I didn't want him. The new guy...
No, my opium is in that brown bottle with the tassel .
With mother in the bathroom, on a golden doily!
A saved-up Christmas present... 99,00 DM
that little sweetheart cost...
He was new ,moved into our drugstore and flaunted
In the special gondola in the middle of the department.
Yes this fragrance is a drift into oriental realms
A thousand and one nights.
But there he was, the new guy..
Did he get a chance?
Slowly I got rid of the bottle of his
Outer packaging.
Thought of mommy ,as she was then
also unwrapped the bottle...
Ohh ,the bottle is attractively mysterious..
Then the first test spray...
Sweetness... and vanilla is in the air, surrounded by it From patchouli ,
A very warm and full scent, from the jasmine comes some lightness and freshens up the slightly darker patchouli! The pink pepper combines everything very harmoniously!
I can't smell coffee...
The fragrance lasts well, it will last for about 6 hours The patchouli alone also longer...
Portable for me ,in the evening or on shopping tour .
This opium is not related to the opium of old days!
Nevertheless, it is very well portable and will certainly find
new admirers.
But old love does not rust :-)).
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10
Scent
10
Longevity
8
Sillage
9
Bottle
LaRoseNoir89
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LaRoseNoir89
   8  
A great character scent!
With my sister-in-law I was already allowed to take a sniffer from the Black Opium and found him insanely great! However and after long research I noticed quite fast that there are several versions and the bottle, which I will possess now soon, is probably a more or less harsh version, but I prefer it nevertheless substantially. If you consider that I was actually critical of opium because I still know the original opium and this is not really my taste ... In any case, after the first snoop at my sister-in-law's, I got a sample, which is a bit harsher version, and I think this opium is really great. The coffee note stands out very nicely and that with a discreetly sweet underline, simply great! In any case, it is an after-sale product, because it is not so intrusive and in my opinion suitable for everyday use!
2 Replies
2
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7
Longevity
10
Sillage
10
Bottle
Polarrfox

43 Reviews
Polarrfox
Polarrfox
   0  
Stronger than anything
When I First tried this piece, it reminded me another perfume, From Yodeyma. Its called Celebrity Woman. Its heavy, floral, oh my God, Just very strong. But this one? Black Opium? Its much stronger! Little bit sweet, not for fresh perfume lovers definitely. Some people have headaches from this one. I would not even say its somehow special. No. Opium is only one.
6
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
6
Bottle
Malina93
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Malina93
Less helpful Review    3  
It's okay
The scent is ok, but please dosed correctly.

In the summer it is unfortunately very strong, would recommend it rather for the winter.

The other day in Cologne he had almost every third one on him, most of them unfortunately much too strong for such a warm weather.

Got it too, but don't wear it much. But I wouldn't buy it again.
3 Replies
7.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
Beere
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Beere
Beere
Very helpful Review    7  
The opiate for long nights
It is already late, it is cold outside, which is normal during this winter season. I went to a party tonight with my best friends. Today I want to be wild and emphasize my still well preserved youthfulness. I am in a good mood, from my wardrobe I take my leather leggings and an oversize knit sweater. That looks rocky in my black Doc Martens. I put my hair loosely upwards and I emphasize my eyes especially. Today I want to celebrate and last but not least I wear my Black Opium. My buddy's car stops, I go out and sit down, we are greeted and he says to me: "you sexy thing, today smells very feminine and good again". I laugh I know I've chosen everything right for today;)

For me BO is a very nice and tasty sweet gourmand, which I like to wear in winter evenings for going out or partying. It fits very well to women who are young at heart but also to more elegant women. I know that this fragrance is worn a lot and smells a lot. I also know that it has already been reformulated and many mourn after the original version. But I think he is wrongly judged too badly because he is a beautiful, sweet, tasty and not exaggerated gourmand. For me this fragrance unfolds very harmoniously and I like to use it
5
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4
Longevity
4
Sillage
10
Bottle
MissDior1987
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Disappointing to me.
After trying "Touch of Woman" by La Rive, which is supposed to be a dupe of this fragrance, I thought I had to have it. A great disappointment for me, I'm afraid. The fragrance starts with a slightly orange coffee note, until a short time later, absolutely nothing can be smelled anymore. I waited in vain for vanilla to start, in contrast to the cheap "Duftzwilling", which I find much better and at a much lower price!
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8
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8
Longevity
7
Sillage
10
Bottle
GirlofNow
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The party queen is coming!
This perfume is just a masterpiece in my opinion it's so mysterious, dark and dangerous at the same time it's the woman who rises in the night and can't be stopped anymore is she knows she's the party queen of the night. She won't let anything or anybody stop her, let alone put her down! She wants to live out her energy and make the night unsafe! Every man who sees her in this one night knows no one can wrap her around her fingers so fast because she wraps the men around her fingers. In every room where it was you could see the energetic and dark coffee note with the light orange blossom note but that all changes very quickly because the vanilla note comes out and makes everything creamier and more interesting but still the coffee note remains strong and mysterious just like its wearer because the night is long as you know:) After 5 minutes one smells very strongly that the whole course of fragrance becomes creamier and softer because this woman has consumed half her energy in this one night then it is also clear that the course of fragrance no longer so strong and smoky remains everything becomes very pleasant and lighter until one only perceives the vanilla note. The woman has had enough of this night and is going to recover so that she can give everything again the next night and is charged with full energy;)
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Sopfie207
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Sopfie207
Helpful Review    22  
I'm not the nice girl next door...
Black opium - what can I say? The fragrance was in my house in the year of its release, at that time still relatively unknown, today unfortunately somewhat affected by the mainstream.
Still, I can't get enough...

Friday night. The black lace body sits, just like the black velvet skirt. Pantyhose? No, better today the good lace stockings, you never know after all and you won't notice that anyway... but who knows!? The bootees on and still the loose blazer over it, you don't want to get out too freely. Quickly back to the bathroom - the taxi will surely arrive any moment. The hairstyle again fixed with hairspray and then the question: Which fragrance accompanies me this evening? The outfit screams 'all black today', so the choice is not difficult: it becomes Black Opium.
Arrived at the club. It's full inside. A few men stare at me as I squeeze past them wrapped in my mysterious scent.
One of them speaks to me. We start with a small talk, he actually asks for my perfume. "Black opium. He asks me again and smiles, "Excuse me?"
The ice is broken; he certainly sees himself on the way home - not alone. He loves the mysterious, but what he does not know is that today he is not the hunter, but the hunted. The object of desire. The black poison will grab him and then not let him go; for only a few of them will let go again...
2 Replies
5
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
6
Bottle
Smora

147 Reviews
Smora
Smora
Helpful Review    3  
Stereotypical YSL
Only the name and bottle design reminded of glorious Opium brand, everything else is different. This is just another contemporary uber sweet Manifesto clone. Inspiration as usual was find in legendary Angel. Some mocca, lots of glucose and patchouli, fair amount of vanilla and voila... Black Opium is served. Not bad but already done and stereotypical.

Rating: 5/10
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Statements

CatarinaCatarina 8 months ago
9.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
9
Bottle
Strong, deep, dark and sweet! It's my conceprion of a perfume for a very well dressed lady ready for a glamorous night out. Luv it!
PolarrfoxPolarrfox 11 months ago
2
Scent
7
Longevity
10
Sillage
10
Bottle
Very sweet, floral and heavy scent. Stronger than makes me headaches. Really. Real opium is only that one. These ones are Just... Not good.
PBullFriendPBullFriend 4 years ago
1
Scent
5
Sillage
Loud, synthetic La Vie est Belle, but with added fruit jam and skunky beer. Hurts my head! Mostly useful for military purposes, I suspect.

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